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Choosing Wedding Day Transportation

  
  
  

Having wedding day transportation is the key to having everything running smoothly and on time. Wedding couples need to provide their transportation company with all of their wedding day details and scheduled events. If the bride and groom are very proactive they would even provide their driver/drivers with directions, address of the locations they will be visiting along with any parking arrangements.

When considering wedding day transportation you need to decide on how many people are you going to transport? Will it be just the bride and groom, what about the bridal party and parents? Once you have given this some thought you can now decide between limousines, coaches, trolleys, buses, or other forms of unique options.

Here are some of the popular choices that wedding couples choose.

Stretch Limousines

The most popular and widely used would have to be the stretch limousine. Limousines can be used for either the entire wedding day or a portion of you days events. Some limos can transport only a few people while others are large enough to handle 12 –14 people.  You can schedule the limo to pick you up at home and take you to the wedding ceremony, then for photos and a final drop off at the wedding reception site.  Or you can have them pick you up after the wedding ceremony and take you around for photo session, then drop you off at the reception location. Most limousine companies charge by the hour so shop around and see what will work best for your wedding day needs.

Old Fashion Trolley

An old fashion trolley is really fun to have on the wedding day.   The best part about an old fashion trolley is that it can accommodate large groups of people.  Many of them can transport 20-40 people at one time. The trolley is wonderful for large bridal parties and for transporting wedding guests when hosting a destination wedding.  Keep in mind, that some trolleys will not permit food or drink so don’t expect a huge party on board. Check with the company to see what is permitted in terms of number of people, food and drink.


wedding trolley

Unique Options

For the wedding couple that prefers something more original on their wedding day, consider choosing a horse drawn carriage, classic car or even arrive in a boat (if your wedding is overlooking the ocean or lake).  You could also arrive by helicopter or hot air balloon!  Keep in mind that many of these are used as a grand entrance to your wedding reception, not really used for transportation per se.  No matter what you choose, your photographer will love the photo opportunity!

Once you have finalized your transportation needs you need to contact the company several times with your timeline and agenda.  I would recommend calling a day or two prior and even ask to speak to the driver to make sure everyone is on the same page. Read all the fine print on your contract and have someone close to you read over it before sign anything.

There are many different options today for couples and with creative planning your true personal style should help to give an experience that will be remembered for years to come.

Why Choose a Finger Food Wedding Reception?

  
  
  

A finger food menu at a wedding is pleasing and attractive for a number of reasons, depending on a couple's reception plans.

Price: In general, a variety of finger foods, even gourmet hors d'oeuvres, will be less expensive at a wedding than a fully catered meal. Finger foods also save money on rentals like china and cutlery and doe not require a lot in labour costs.  Couples should note, however, that very intricate hors d'oeuvres could be more expensive than a full meal   Always way out both options before you make your final decision.

Casual or Formal: Finger foods can be fitting for either a formal or a casual wedding, depending on the exact menu selection. Cheese and crackers would be good for a more casual wedding reception, while more exotic pates may be best for a formal wedding.

wedding reception finger foods

Wedding Reception Time: Finger foods are best for receptions that fall between regular meal times, such as late morning or early afternoon. They are also the ideal choice for shorter receptions, which may in turn lower rental costs for the wedding location.

Assortment: By opting for small finger foods, a wedding couple can offer a greater selection of culinary treats for their guests to sample, rather than selecting only two or three main dishes. This can be particularly valuable for a large wedding reception with many varied tastes. Having something for everyone is most important when it comes to wedding food.

The Casual Wedding Rehearsal Dinner – An Invitation or Not?

  
  
  

Your guest list for a wedding rehearsal dinner usually includes all members of your wedding party, your immediate families, the Minister/Officiant and his or her spouse, and anyone else participating in the wedding ceremony.  

If the budget allows, consider including your out-of–town wedding guests to the dinner.  Friends and family who may not be familiar with the area where the wedding is being held will be grateful for the invitation and feel like they are part of your wedding festivity.

 

wedding rehearsal dinner

A wedding rehearsal dinner is more relaxed than the wedding reception, so invitations are not required.  You can also call guests and tell them, if you like.  If it’s easier to mail an invite, the hosts – traditionally the groom’s family – should mail them no later than a few weeks before the dinner. It may make sense to hold off until most of the wedding RSVP’s are back and then send rehearsal dinner invitations only to out-of town guests who you know will be attending.

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